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All About the Appalachian Trail by Leonard M. Adkins

by Leonard M. Adkins, Author, All About the Appalachian Trail There are a few colorfully illustrated books about the Appalachian Trail for very young children. However, All About the Appalachian Trail is the very first written for readers in grades 4-8 that provides a complete…

My Way West by Elizabeth Goss

by Elizabeth Goss, Author, My Way West Between 1841 and 1884, more than 40,000 kids traveled west across North America on the Oregon and California Trails. These young emigrants had extraordinary experiences on their journeys, but they were ordinary people. Some were picky eaters, some…

The Trek Badger Sponsorship Boosts PNTS

by The Trek; Adapted from thetrek.co: Badger Sponsorship Winners. The Badger Sponsorship is a yearly sweepstakes created and hosted by thetrek.co—a website dedicated to shining a spotlight on the journey of thru-hikers. Since the inception of their site, thetrek.co has held a giveaway aimed at…

The Santa Fe Trail Celebrates 200th Anniversary

by National Park Service; Adapted from Federal agency emails and news releases. Two hundred years ago, a group of Americans ventured west from Franklin, Missouri to trade in Santa Fe (then Mexico). The route they forged would grow into a commercial highway within a web…

Dave Moore Named Star-Spangled Banner NHT Superintendent

by National Park Service; Adapted from Federal agency emails and news releases. Deputy Regional Director Debbie Conway has named David H. Moore as superintendent of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Hampton National Historic Site, and the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, all based…

Kym Hall Selected as National Capital Area Director

by National Park Service; Adapted from Federal agency emails and news releases. Kym Hall, a 34-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS), has been selected as the National Capital Area director. She will begin her new role in the coming weeks as she transitions…

Conservation Corps at Work

AmeriCorps VISTA provides much needed experience and staff by Francesca Governali, Community Engagement Coordinator, Continental Divide Trail Coalition As of June 2020, I had never hiked on the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) and knew very little about this 3,000+ mile National Scenic Trail beyond its existence…

Civilian Climate Corps

Secretary Haaland promises to work to advance President Biden’s vision On Tuesday, March 16, 2021, Deb Haaland took the oath of office to become the 54th Secretary of the Department of the Interior—making history as the first Native American to hold the office.   “I…

PNTS Welcomes New Board Members May 2021

STEVEN GONZALES Returning board member, Steven Gonzales, is Executive Director of El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail Association. In addition to his work with the Partnership, he has promoted National Parks and the Camino Real in two PBS documentaries and has served…

Land Acquisition: Lessons Learned on the Ala Kahakai NHT

by Kaleo Paik, Director of Philanthropy, Ala Kahakai Trail Association The Ala Kahakai Trail Association (ATA) has found itself a landowner in the last several years, but not in a way that most acquire lands. We were very reluctant to engage in land ownership as…